20 august 2014: In the BBC article Food poverty: Experts issue malnutrition health warning, the Faculty of Public Health warns that more people are suffering from malnutrition as a result of worsening food poverty.
Vice president of the Faculty of Public Health, John Middleton said:
“It’s getting worse because people can’t afford good quality food. It’s getting worse where malnutrition, rickets and other manifestations of extreme poor diet are becoming apparent.”
At FareShare, we try to address this by redistributing good quality fresh food to community organisations, such as homeless hostels, luncheon clubs for older people and breakfast clubs. This food is used to cook nutritious meals for their beneficiaries, who otherwise struggle to access good food.
With more people suffering from malnutrition because they cannot afford good quality food in their diet, it’s more important than ever that we don’t let fresh fruit and veg go to waste, but redistribute it to those in need instead.
Alan Goddard, Drop In Centre Manager, Wild Goose says:
At the same time, a survey amongst teachers conducted by Kelloggs shows that 1 in 8 children don’t get enough to eat in the summer holidays. Many charities, like the Trussell Trust, are working to try and fill the gap in the summer period and across the UK, our Regional Centres are also stepping up their work in order to provide more food to children and their families.
FareShare Merseyside for example is delivering food to 55 of the 71 play schemes supported by Liverpool Play Partnership (LPP), including children’s breakfast and lunch clubs, meaning over 1500 children are receiving meals from FareShare. The holiday play schemes have been set up to ensure children who get free school meals in term-time continue to get fed during school holidays.
MPAC (Merseyside Play Action Council) and Liverpool Charity & Voluntary Services (LCVS), two of the lead partners in LPP, have seen a dramatic rise in the number of children and families experiencing food poverty over the past five years. Read more.